Central City Health Professionals in Perth CBD https://www.centralcityhealthprofessionals.com.au/ 08 9421 1733 Sun, 09 Jun 2024 18:58:37 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.5.4 What is the Role of a Podiatrist? https://www.centralcityhealthprofessionals.com.au/what-is-the-role-of-a-podiatrist/ Sun, 09 Jun 2024 18:49:03 +0000 https://www.centralcityhealthprofessionals.com.au/?p=1209 While you may be familiar with doctors and physiotherapists, you may not know much about the role of a podiatrist. Podiatrists are healthcare professionals who specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions associated with the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg.

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What is the Role of a Podiatrist?

While you may be familiar with doctors and physiotherapists, you may not know much about the role of a podiatrist. Podiatrists are healthcare professionals who specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions associated with the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg.

Here are some of the main roles and responsibilities of a podiatrist:

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Diagnosing Foot Conditions

Podiatrists are trained to properly evaluate, diagnose and treat a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions. This includes ingrown toenails, bunions, hammertoes, neuromas, plantar fasciitis, and other injuries or complications. They utilize medical histories, physical exams, gait analysis, x-rays and other techniques.

Treating Foot Deformities

Those with congenital foot deformities like club foot or acquired structural deformities can be treated by a podiatrist. They can provide conservative treatments like custom orthotics or braces. For more severe cases, our podiatrists can refer you to a specialist podiatric surgeon, who can perform reconstructive surgery to improve foot function.

Diabetic Foot Care

Podiatrists play a key role in caring for diabetics who are at risk for foot ulcers, infections and even amputations. They educate patients, perform routine foot checks, debride wounds, and coordinate management of foot complications from diabetes.

Sports Medicine

For athletes or highly active individuals, podiatrists can provide therapies to rehabilitate foot and ankle injuries, and prevent future ones. This may involve custom orthotics, shockwave, laser, physical therapy, bracing/taping, and a customised exercise program.

Pediatric Care

Children commonly experience issues like ingrown nails, warts, flat feet and other foot conditions that podiatrists can evaluate and treat through conservative methods or minor procedures if needed.

Surgery

Surgical techniques for the correction of bunions, removal of bone spurs, and repair of ruptured tendons are all done by podiatric surgeons. If our podiatrists recommend surgical treatment, they will be able to assist you with a referral.

Working with Other Providers

Podiatrists frequently collaborate with other health professionals like orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and nurses as part of a comprehensive treatment team for musculoskeletal issues affecting the feet and ankles.

Whether you are an athlete, diabetic, child or simply dealing with painful feet, a podiatrist can provide the specialized foot and ankle care you need. Their expertise helps patients overcome injuries, deformities and diseases affecting the feet.

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Headache treatment with a Chiropractor https://www.centralcityhealthprofessionals.com.au/headache-treatment-with-a-chiropractor/ Wed, 05 Jun 2024 20:41:22 +0000 https://www.centralcityhealthprofessionals.com.au/?p=1201 The post Headache treatment with a Chiropractor appeared first on Central City Health Professionals in Perth CBD.

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Why see a Chiropractor for headaches?

Headache treatment with a Chiropractor PerthPatients have the option to seek out care from allied health professionals of which may include a chiropractor.

The chiropractor will have the knowledge to perform a case history and examination at the initial consultation. This is done to screen for the red flags of headache of which most cases are benign but if present will need to be managed appropriately.

Chiropractic care can be utilized with or without medication. To be used as a sole intervention or to or to have a synergetic effect with medications and exercise.

The chiropractor will record any signs or symptoms of the headache present at time so it can be compared with new headaches changes that may occur in the future.

The aim of Chiropractic care is to treat the individual patient and to increased neck range of motion, decrease pain from neck joints, the headache, any muscles involved, to lower headache frequency and disability.

What kind of headache do Chiropractors treat?

Chiropractors have the knowledge to diagnose and treat the most common forms of headache which can include tension, migraines and cervicogenic headaches but also can diagnose other forms of headaches so do them know if you have odd symptoms like jaw pain or pain radiating to the scalp!

How will I be treated?

The chiropractor will often treat headache patients with spinal manipulation to the mid back or neck with a focus at the upper neck where it does meet the skull. Spinal manipulation will often be used together with soft tissue therapies such as massage, graston or trigger point therapy to treat any muscles that may contribute to the pain of the headache. Exercise and nutritional advice can also be given as part of the headache treatment.

Is Chiropractic treatment effective?

Chiropractor for headachesYes! Chiropractic care is effective. This is most evident for a type of headache called cervicogenic headaches. These headaches are often accompanied by neck pain and involve joints and muscles that are painful or dysfunctional in the neck. These headaches are often is present with neck pain is accompanied with the headache, reduced neck range of motion and is made worse with movements that compression the effect joints in the neck.

There is evidence from an article in 2022 (Rodríguez-Sanz, et al) that spinal manipulation of the upper neck improves the results of neck exercises for patients with cervicogenic headache suggesting a synergistic role of spinal manipulation with exercise!

For migraines and tension type headaches treatment of the local muscles of the head and neck maybe more important (Phu Do et al, 2018)together with nutritional advice than the spinal manipulation itself as there is mixed evidence for spinal manipulation and the treatment of these headaches.

There is also evidence for the treatment of specific muscles such as the upper trapezius, sternocleidomastoid and temporalis) in patients with migraines. Either with dry needling or trigger point therapy ((Rezaeian et al, 2020), (Olesiejuk et al, 2023).

Chiropractors also have the goal to manage poor neck posture especially that involving a loss of neck lordosis and head extension together with migrainesthat are associated with painful trigger points(Ferracini et al, 2016).

When patients are diagnosed with a headache type there can be subgroups within that category that may respond greatly, fairly and poorly to care. So, a trial of treatment is always offered to the patient, using multiple treatment interventions.

How many treatments will be needed?

As a course of antibiotics is prescribed to treat an infection by lowering bacteria in the body until there are no symptoms the patient still continues the course to treat any lingering bacteria and to prevent their multiplication and remove the infection.

In this same manner chiropractic treatments are usually given symptomatically and continually after once there are no symptoms to be more effective.
Although there is individual variability there is some evidence to guide the number of treatments given especially in that of chronic cervicogenic headaches.

An article in 2018, (Hass, et al) investigates the effectiveness of spinal manipulation alone on chronic cervicogenic headache of which the highest investigated dose of 18 treatments was the most effective (3 days a week for 6 weeks) of which the days of headaches were reduced by half and 3 more days/month compared to the light massage-control. This can then give use a guide for the number of treatments given for chronic cervicogenic headaches.

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Earaches – Wait and See Approach https://www.centralcityhealthprofessionals.com.au/earaches-wait-and-see-approach/ Mon, 18 Dec 2023 19:55:37 +0000 https://www.centralcityhealthprofessionals.com.au/?p=1156 The post Earaches – Wait and See Approach appeared first on Central City Health Professionals in Perth CBD.

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Earaches – Wait-and-See Approach

Doctors may start waiting before automatically filling out prescriptions every time a child shows up with a potential ear infection, commonly known as otitis media. A recent study by the American Medical Association shows that the wait-and-see prescription (WASP) approach could create a reduction in the over prescription of antibiotics.

The year-long trial was conducted on 283 children between the ages 6 and 12 who were randomly selected for either the WASP group or the control group, the latter of which was given a standard prescription that would expire in three days. The parents of children in the WASP group were also given prescriptions, but were told not to fill them unless their child did not show improvement within 48 hours.

In the WASP group, 62 percent of the parents did not fill the prescriptions, compared to 13 percent in the control group. The researchers concluded that the WASP approach could substantially reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics in children. Talk to your chiropractor for more information on the signs and symptoms of earaches, and how chiropractic can help treat them naturally.

Here are a few signs your child might show you if he or she has otitis media (ear infection):

Does she/he:

  • tug or pull at the ears?
  • cry more than usual?
  • have fluid draining out of the ears?
  • have trouble sleeping?
  • have trouble staying balanced?
  • seem not to respond to quiet sounds?

Spiro D, Tay K, Arnold D, et al. Wait-and-see prescription for the treatment of acute otitis media: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Medical Association 2006;296(10):1235-124

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Mate, Why’s the Physio Strapping Me Up? https://www.centralcityhealthprofessionals.com.au/mate-whys-the-physio-strapping-me-up/ Tue, 05 Sep 2023 21:41:51 +0000 https://www.centralcityhealthprofessionals.com.au/?p=917 The post Mate, Why’s the Physio Strapping Me Up? appeared first on Central City Health Professionals in Perth CBD.

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Mate, Why’s the Physio Strapping Me Up?

Physio Strapping in Perth CBD - Central City Health ProfessionalsImagine being in a small room with two noisy toddlers and three energetic Australian Shepherds. Would you enjoy being there all day? Probably not. You would likely feel annoyed and want to leave as soon as possible. However, there’s another option: taking them out to the garden, where everyone can have their own space and enjoy the surroundings. Similar to our body tissues, when they are injured, inflamed, and very sensitive, we want to create more space to calm them down. That’s where kinesiology tape (KT tape) works its magic.

KT tape is a thin strip of elastic cotton with adhesive backing. When you apply it to your skin, it creates a lifting effect and opens up space in the deeper layers of your skin. This relieves compression on structures like pain receptors, resulting in improved tolerance to stimuli, reduced pain, and enhanced mobility. Besides, the decompression effect aids in clearing swelling fluid and bruises, leaving you feeling and looking better!

Furthermore, for individuals with milder concerns, KT tape can help improve their balance and physical capabilities. Some research suggests that using KT tape can make you feel less tired during physical activities. In other words, people using KT tape are less prone to injury and may endure longer workouts compared to other gym-goers.

If you have more questions about KT tape, feel free to come and chat with us. We are here to provide you with any additional information or help you need. Do not hesitate to reach out – we would be more than happy to assist you!

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What is Myofascial Cupping? https://www.centralcityhealthprofessionals.com.au/what-is-myofascial-cupping/ Fri, 26 May 2023 15:25:40 +0000 https://www.centralcityhealthprofessionals.com.au/?p=906 The post What is Myofascial Cupping? appeared first on Central City Health Professionals in Perth CBD.

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What is myofascial cupping?

Cupping has originated from early Chinese, Egyptian and middles eastern cultures used for medicine. Over the year the techniques for cupping have been refined with many different cupping modalities, the cupping that I use is myofascial cupping.

Myo referring to the muscles and fascia referring to the connective tissue in the body, this technique targets the fascia that interconnect between the muscles.

When massaging compression is being used to press into the muscles but, cupping uses a negative force to lift the skin and muscles up whilst also using compression around the rip of the cup.

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Benefits of myofascial cupping include:

  • Increasing the range of movement in the muscles and joints
  • Reducing or eliminating myofascial trigger points
  • Reducing restrictive fascial adhesions
  • Increases the hydration within the fascia and the muscles whilst maintaining function in the tissue
  • Increases blood flow overall and to the area allowing the muscles to recover faster
  • Increases fluid movement and can assist with swelling/oedema

Myofascial cupping during a treatment uses moving of the cups to reduce the restriction within the fascia. By applying a cream to the area this allows the cups to slide and glide along the muscles giving a gentle passive stretch and by moving the cups or the joints can increase the stretch whilst bringing blood flow to the area.

This technique also includes having the cups stationary for 90 seconds to one minute, by doing this for a shorter period reduces the likeliness of marking. When the cups are stationary Trigger point inserts can be added into the cups to press into the muscle to target the trigger point.

During the treatment the client shouldn’t feel pain, if they do the suction on the cups can be adjusted to be more comfortable to the client.

CCHP Provides You with the Best of Both Worlds

Thankfully at Central City Health Professionals, we have both chiropractors and physiotherapists working under the same roof. Often if we think another clinician will be better suited to your specific injury, we’ll refer you on to someone with the skills to help you best with your recovery. Call us at 9421 1733 and our receptionists will ask you a few simple questions to place you with the right clinician for your concern.

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Can Chiropractic Help with Back Pain? https://www.centralcityhealthprofessionals.com.au/can-chiropractic-help-with-back-pain-2/ Wed, 10 May 2023 20:56:20 +0000 https://www.centralcityhealthprofessionals.com.au/?p=886 The post Can Chiropractic Help with Back Pain? appeared first on Central City Health Professionals in Perth CBD.

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Can Chiropractic Help with Back Pain?

Can Chiropractic Help with Back PainChiropractic care is an effective option for the majority of back pain which has a muscular, joint, or nerve related component.

For conditions of spinal pain that have related causes outside of the neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles, and skeleton) that Chiropractors cannot treat, they can give an insight as to where the origin of the pain stems from and thus lead any patients to an appropriate direction with a referral.

Chiropractors are also well equipped to diagnose nerve related injuries that start from the spine, nerve entrapments such as carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and migraines, and other musculoskeletal conditions.

What treatment will I receive?

Chiropractors tend to treat differently at an individual level, although the bread and butter of their interventions involve treating muscular causes of pain with soft tissue therapies. These may include one or more of the following: trigger point therapy, Graston/IASTM (Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilisation), massage, stretching, and dry needling.

To help with joint pain or discomfort and increase joint range of motion, Chiropractors may use one or more of the following: manual joint manipulation, joint mobilisations, and Activator® adjustment method.

Other interventions may also include Kinesio Taping®, Thompson Drop Technique, and McKenzie exercises.

Finally, exercise therapy/rehabilitation is always recommended for long term results and healing, and your Chiropractor can advise on the best plan for you.

Evidence for Chiropractic?

In a recent study by the JAMA Network, it was identified that for those in the military suffering from back pain, Chiropractic was found to be a more effective method of pain relief in comparison to traditional techniques.

Here at Central City Chiropractic, we utilise evidence-based techniques in order to provide you with optimal results and to provide you with long-lasting relief.

When to Visit a Chiropractor?

If you have any spinal related pain short (Acute/Subacute – less than 12 weeks/3 months ) or long term (Chronic – above 3 months), upper limb or lower limb pain, pins and needles, headaches, or if you are worried that the cause of spinal pain could be sinister in nature, then book an appointment!

During all Initial Chiropractic consultations, a Case History is taken as well as a thorough examination to screen for any red flags.

Solutions for Your Back Pain?

Today, a large percentage of our population are office workers or manual labourers, who spend large amounts of time crouching over computers, or lots of heavy lifting. Rigidity in our spine due to sitting or standing in poor postures can become harmful over time. This contributes to over 4 million Australians suffering from back pain (ABS, 2018). Due to this, we must take extra care for our bodies to protect our neck and back from the impacts of poor posture in the long term. Here at Central City Chiropractic, we aim to help you do just that!

Chiropractic is just one of many ways that back pain can be treated. Since we are located within a multi-modality clinic, we never shy away from providing a holistic approach to your health. Therefore, if it turns out that Chiropractic is not the most suitable treatment option for you, we will happily refer you to one of our Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, or Remedial Massage therapists who will be able to assist you through your recovery process. Your health is our number one priority.

If you are tossing up whether to visit a Physiotherapist vs a Chiropractor, it may be helpful to think of a Physiotherapist as someone who deals with muscular pain, whereas Chiropractors deals more with skeletal issues. If you have any questions regarding this, feel free to contact one of our friendly reception staff who will be able to provide you with information tailored to your specific case.

What to Expect?

During your Initial Consultation, your Chiropractor will discuss long and short-term goals with you based on the duration of your condition, evidence related to your condition management, and your own individual response.

Our Chiropractors will walk you through the process of the suggested treatment before starting so that there are no surprises, whether it is a joint or drop piece manipulation, joint mobilisation, or any of the soft tissue techniques. Please ask the Chiropractors about any queries or concerns you may have, as we always take into account your comfort and consent, and we have multiple options when it comes to our suggested interventions.

Of our treatment tools and options, the first is using the Activator® adjustment methods. The Activator® is a gentle instrument that works well for those who have arthritis, osteoporosis, or feel unsure about traditional manual approaches. This uses a high velocity low amplitude thrust/force via the activator instrument.

A second treatment option is drop-piece manipulation, where a force is applied to a joint via a special table that limits any spinal rotation.

A third treatment method option is a manual manipulation. To release a joint while the patient is in a specific position, a high velocity low amplitude thrust is applied through the Chiropractors’ hands and often an audible sound is heard. Although this sound is not indicative of the effectiveness of the manoeuvre, it often lets the patient and Chiropractor know that the joint surfaces have been separated.

Finally, joint mobilisations are a step back from the second and third options, and do not use a high velocity thrust but rather a small force over a longer period of time to affect the joint.

Rest assured that your bones are not being moved during your manipulations. If you hear a noise during the adjustment, that is just gas being released from the joint, allowing it to move with its normal range of motion again. You may feel sore for a day or two after your first adjustment, which is very completely normal.

If you have any questions about Chiropractic care, please give us a call or send our reception team an email.

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Back pain – Should I see a chiro or a physio? https://www.centralcityhealthprofessionals.com.au/back-pain-should-i-see-a-chiropractor-or-a-physiotherapist/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 09:10:05 +0000 https://www.centralcityhealthprofessionals.com.au/?p=589 The post Back pain – Should I see a chiro or a physio? appeared first on Central City Health Professionals in Perth CBD.

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Back pain – Should I see a chiro or a physio?

Anyone who has suffered from lower back pain quickly realizes that their back affects pretty much most daily activities. It’s completely understandable to worry that something serious could be going on, especially if this is your first time. However, we’re here to help you get through this because if you know what’s normal and the options you have to address the problem, then you’re well on your way to getting better.

 

The first thing is first – welcome, you are now in the 80% of the population around the world who has experienced back pain. Take a deep breath and breathe it all the way out. It might be quite sore, but trust us, holding your breath to avoid the pain is not helpful. It’s better that you breathe.

 

Secondly, know that most cases of lower back pain are nothing to be concerned about. It is likely that the first 24-48 hours are not going to be fun. Even if the intensity of the pain is really high, this isn’t necessarily an indication of a serious injury (which is good news!)

 

Your GP and registered health care professionals (like physiotherapists and chiropractors) are all trained to figure out if your back pain is a result of serious pathology. Rest assured we’re on the lookout for these things and we’ll ask you a series of questions to rule out anything we might be more concerned about.

 

Finally, depending on your history, it’s not uncommon for back pain to last between 1-2 weeks in one episode. This is just how the body works. And sometimes you’ll feel pain and it’ll be gone the next day. This is also just how the body works.

Back pain - Should I see a chiropractor or a physiotherapist?

Now for the real question: Is it better to see a chiropractor or a physiotherapist?

And the quick answer is… it doesn’t really matter. But we’ll explain why.

 

Both physiotherapists and chiropractors are trained to work with lower back rehabilitation. If you already have a clinician who you’re happy with and trust, and that clinician is confident in treating lower back pain, then feel free to continue with that person.

 

The difference between physiotherapy and chiropractic is actually in the perspective of treating the body. It’s like looking at the same thing through two different lenses. A chiropractor and physiotherapist are trained with different “tools” to help people, but at the end of the day, our goal is to reduce pain and improve movement.

 

Regardless of whether you think it could be a joint dysfunction or a muscle spasm, or maybe you have no idea what is going on, both professions are capable of assessing and treating the matter. Stereotypically, we often think of chiropractors working with joints and physiotherapists working with muscles and exercise, however, these days there is a lot of cross-over between the professions. We’re all just stealing techniques used by the other because whatever works, works.

 

What actually really matters is that you develop a good working relationship with the therapist. If what they’re saying makes sense to you, and they’re clearly working hard to get you back to your most valued activities, then Chiro? Physio? Doesn’t matter!

CCHP Provides You with the Best of Both Worlds

Thankfully at Central City Health Professionals, we have both chiropractors and physiotherapists working under the same roof. Often if we think another clinician will be better suited to your specific injury, we’ll refer you on to someone with the skills to help you best with your recovery. Call us at 9421 1733 and our receptionists will ask you a few simple questions to place you with the right clinician for your concern.

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Why Am I In Pain? https://www.centralcityhealthprofessionals.com.au/why-am-i-in-pain/ Thu, 01 Oct 2020 06:29:40 +0000 https://www.centralcityhealthprofessionals.com.au/?p=570 The post Why Am I In Pain? appeared first on Central City Health Professionals in Perth CBD.

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Why Am I In Pain?

September is pain awareness month and below is just the tip of the vast amount of pain research out there.

Why Am I In Pain? Central City Health Professional Perth CBD

To understand why you’re in pain, you must first understand what pain is. My guess is that most people think pain is caused by tissue damage or injury, and it certainly can be. However, according to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), pain is defined as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.

Let’s focus on the word “potential”. Not all pain is actually a result of tissue damage, but rather a warning system to alert us that if we continue to perform this behaviour, something could become injured. Pain is a learning opportunity; like how we learn not to touch a hot stove. In that way, pain can be helpful. In fact, people who don’t have the ability to experience pain don’t actually live that long because they never learn which potentially risky behaviours to avoid. (There’s your silver lining for the next time you’re in pain.)

When people experience pain for longer than 3 months, then we categorize this as persistent pain. As a general rule, if tissue damage had occurred, then it takes about 6-8 weeks for the injury to heal. Persistent pain happens when the pain exceeds the time of healing.

Persistent pain can happen because pain is multifactorial. If you look back at the definition of pain, we describe it also as an emotional experience. This means factors like stress, depression, anxiety, beliefs about pain and certain movements or positions, etc., can also contribute to the pain timeline. And because the body is adaptable, the more we experience pain, the easier the nerves that transport those signals are triggered. This is called sensitization. Basically, you get really good at feeling pain.

However, there are some key messages we know about the body that is worth remembering, especially those with persistent pain:

  • No matter how long you’ve had pain for, or what kind of injuries you’ve acquired in the past, your body is just as strong and adaptable as the next person. That means, if you start to train your body to de-sensitize, it will adapt.
  • Your body can also withstand more than you give it credit for. Daily activities that you avoid, because they’re painful, are not likely to be causing damage, but rather the pain response is more likely a sensitive alarm system going off.

Here to Help on your Road to Recovery.

Central City Health Professionals are there to help you identify when there’s an actual injury that needs healing, helps calm down sensitive pain systems, and build up your ability to engage in the activities most meaningful to you.

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Returning to Exercise After Birth

Returning to Exercise After Birth- Central City Health Professional Perth

You don’t have to ask us twice about how exercise is extremely important to our physical and mental health. However, if you’ve just given birth, you need to take a pause and check in first with a women’s health physiotherapist before getting too gung ho trying to return to your pre-pregnancy body.

We get it! After delivering your little bundle of joy, the feeling of being loose and untoned can drive some women mad; especially if they were fit before pregnancy. But here’s our word of caution: returning too early to sport, running, or other high-impact activities may weaken your pelvic floor and cause long-term bladder and bowel issues; or even worse, pelvic organ prolapse (where the pelvic organs drop below the vaginal wall). And no one wants that.

During pregnancy, the ligaments supporting your pelvic floor become lengthened from the weight of the baby bearing down for the last few months, as well as all that pushing you just did. By properly rehabilitating the pelvic floor muscles after birth, then you ensure that those ligaments return to their normal position.

If you add high-impact activities without first getting your pelvic floor muscles in order, then those ligaments can be overstretched and weakened, leading to an increased risk of pelvic organ prolapse, something that can occur often without warning.

A women’s health physiotherapist can help assess the tone of your pelvic floor and then give you progressive abdominal bracing and pelvic floor exercises. You can then expect to take 4-6 months before returning to your normal activity levels.

Contact Us Today

Ladies, it’s worth the effort and the wait to do this properly. Book in with our women’s health physiotherapists for your consultation.

Women’s Health Physiotherapy | Central City Physiotherapy |
(08) 9421 1733

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Do I Need ACL Surgery? https://www.centralcityhealthprofessionals.com.au/do-i-need-acl-surgery/ Mon, 15 Jun 2020 05:33:16 +0000 https://www.centralcityhealthprofessionals.com.au/?p=547 The post Do I Need ACL Surgery? appeared first on Central City Health Professionals in Perth CBD.

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ACL Surgery, Do You Need It?

Karis Treating ACL Injury without Surgery - ACL Surgery-Central City Health Professional Perth CBD

It’s the final quarter of the game and the fatigue is starting to catch up with you. Every movement is an effort. You have to make a lead so you sprint towards the play and then suddenly cut to the left to try and shake your opponent. POP! Your body goes one way but your leg doesn’t follow. You collapse on the ground grasping your knee.

Have you recently experienced that heart-wrenching feeling? A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is often seen as one of the most devastating injuries that recreational and professional athlete can sustain. Therefore, the thought of certain surgery and being sidelined for over twelve months before being able to return to play can be heartbreaking. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Now, many people are surprised to learn that current research recommends 3-6 months of intensive physiotherapy rehabilitation before even considering surgery. In turn, this can mean a quicker return to play and none of the risks inherent with any surgery. Australia has the highest rate of surgical repair of ACLs in the world! Often, conservative management is not given a second thought.

What Does the Research Show?

In spite of this, there are no high-quality studies to show that patients who have surgery will do better than those who engage in a physio-supervised, structured rehabilitation program. This includes people who return to high-level sports. For example, look at Perth Glory’s Dino Djulbic, who went back to playing in under 5 months without having surgery. Or DeJuan Blair, who plays in the NBA with no ACL in either knee!

So what does that mean for you? 

Well, if you are an appropriate candidate and decide to try physiotherapy management first, you have a really high chance of a great outcome!  Even if you do end up deciding to have surgery, the ‘prehab’ you have already done will make for a better recovery and less hard work during your rehab after the surgery.

Karis Nevermann

Physiotherapist

References

https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/51/22/1622

https://www.premax.co/au/blog/non-operative-treatment-options-for-acl-tears?fbclid=IwAR1-Mv23ZLvyx54rF2SVg-cAtxtWOEA88jh-YktRvV6SJZ3fMKafprDzVhs

So what are you waiting for?

Come and see our physiotherapist, Karis, in Perth CBD for an assessment and opinion on how you can get the best outcome for your knee and if conservative physio management is an option for you. Feel free to share this article with people who you feel may benefit from physiotherapy for ACL recovery.

Contact Us | Central City Physiotherapy |
(08) 9421 1733

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